Federal Spending and Borrowing

The growth of government spending is out of control. In the past four years our nation has added about $6 trillion in new debt borrowed against our children and grandchildren’s' future. Unfortunately, both parties have been complicit in increasing government spending dramatically, though for very different reasons. Today our nation faces $16 trillion in debt, much of it owed to foreign countries hostile to our economic interests and way of life. While some believe that these challenges can simply be put off to a later date, I believe that the time to act against higher borrowing is now. 

I believe that part of the solution to our debt problem is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any federal job that could be done more efficiently by a business. There is any number of tasks performed by the federal government which could be provided at both lower cost and higher efficiency by a privately-operated business with real concerns about keeping costs down. 

A second common-sense step is to limit the duplicative duties of many federal agencies, which often conflict and can be counterproductive. For example, in Siskiyou County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency all believe that they have a role in the regulation of water supply and use.  These agencies provide conflicting direction, fight amongst themselves and generally fail to provide the area's farmers and ranchers with any clear path to profitable operation. Add in the regular disputes these agencies have with similar entities in California's state government and there is a wide array of government workers doing essentially the same job - an incredibly expensive and counterproductive way to operate.   

For more information concerning my work and views on Spending Cuts and Debt, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Federal Spending and Borrowing

May 21, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) requested California Governor Gavin Newsom to disburse $15.3 billion in federal funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to the counties and municipalities they were intended for. A recent report from the National League of Cities noted California as one of 32 states withholding this assistance.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, a $3,000,000,000,000 spending measure comprised of Democrat policy agenda items alongside measures that expand financial support to individuals and businesses from the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.
May 15, 2020 Video
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, a $3,000,000,000,000 spending measure comprised of Democrat policy agenda items alongside measures that expand financial support to individuals and businesses from the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.
May 8, 2020 Press Release
(Butte County, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued $4,244,370.17 to Paradise Community Village Apartments and $3,187,709.27 to Butte County to assist with disaster recovery following the 2018 Camp Fire. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced an additional $14,666,667 to California to continue disaster recovery efforts after the November 2018 wildfires, including the Camp Fire. These funds can be used for disaster clean up, continued employment and training for displaced workers.
Apr 23, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) — Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
Apr 10, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter recommending California Governor Newsom create a streamlined process for small counties and towns to request funding from California’s estimated $15.3 billion allotment of the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Currently, local governments above a 500,000 population threshold can receive 45% of their funding from the Department of the Treasury.

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) -- Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed by voice the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third disaster relief package related to coronavirus.
Dec 19, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting for two bills, H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, that will fund both domestic and military portions of the government. Both bills passed with wide bipartisan support and now head to the Senate. The bills need to be signed by December 20th to avoid a government shutdown.

Nov 19, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3055, the Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2020. With current funding set to expire on November 21, 2019, this legislation will extend government funding at current levels through December 20, 2019.
Nov 8, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced a $148,300 grant to the Town of Paradise to support the community’s recovery efforts from the 2018 Camp Fire. The funds will support renovations to a building that will become the new Building Resiliency Center (BRC) in Paradise that will serve as a permanent home for information and resources available to residents trying to recover and rebuild from the Camp Fire.

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